MEDC announces city of Ypsilanti to receive certification through Redevelopment Ready Communities program

Friday, December 11, 2015

City of Ypsilanti is the sixth community to receive Redevelopment Ready Communities certification

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Economic Development Corporation today announced the city of Ypsilanti is the sixth community to receive Redevelopment Ready Communities® (RRC) certification. RRC is a voluntary, no-cost program that assists local municipalities in establishing a sound foundation for development and investment to occur in their communities. 

“Communities that receive RRC certification have removed unnecessary hurdles to development, while preserving their vision and goals for a successful future,” said MEDC Senior Vice President Mark Morante. “We congratulate Ypsilanti for being the sixth community in Michigan to achieve this certification and for working to make its community a vibrant place where business and talent want to be.” 

RRC Program participants receive a comprehensive assessment measuring their community and economic development practices to the RRC best practice standards. The program evaluates and then certifies communities that integrate transparency, predictability and efficiency into their daily development practices. Certification signals that a community has removed development barriers and streamlined processes to be more competitive in today’s economy. 

“The City of Ypsilanti is thrilled to be a certified Redevelopment Ready Community. The process has guided us to stay up to date on our forms, ordinances, and policies. The City recently approved its first Capital Improvements Plan and will be utilizing a new process as we move forward,” said Ypsilanti Economic Development Director Beth Ernat. “We appreciate the guidance and the coaching that has come from MEDC with being a RRC and continuing to be a RRC. We are proud of the programs and excited about the opportunities created such as our Commercial Space Team that we utilized to showcase available properties to local developers in our downtown.” 

The MEDC held a celebration ceremony today at the Cultivate Coffee & Tap House to recognize the city of Ypsilanti for its accomplishments.

For more information on the Redevelopment Ready Communities Program, visit here:

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